Malting Barley Breeding

Our mainstream 2-row facultative/winter 2-row malting barley program is supported by the American Malting Barley Association, Busch Agricultural Resources, and Great Western Malting. Our strategy is to use doubled haploids and molecular breeding techniques to achieve our goal: 2-row facultative types with excellent malting quality, cold tolerance, disease resistance, and productivity. On our way to this goal we won’t throw away winter types. Our first 2-row doubled haploids entered into the AMBA Pilot Program are indeed winters: malting and agronomic data are available in our annual reports.

  • And then there was Full Pint: Years ago we developed an experimental 2-row called BCD47. Read up and Full Pint, and fill your glass:
  • The Oregon Barley Project - featured in Oregon Wheat - 2015
  • BCD47 as a genetic stock: Journal of Plant Registrations 2011 5: 1: 135-140 doi:10.3198/jpr2010.05.0269crgs

Resources for malting barley breeding:






Special Projects Department: Building the Oregon Barley Brand

Spring 2-row malting trials - irrigated and high rainfall sites

We are helping to build the Oregon Craft Malting Barley Brand by generating agronomic and brewing performance data on 5 varieties (Copeland, Expedition, Explorer, Full Pint, and Genie) at 3 representative locations (Grand Ronde Valley, Klamath Basin, and Willamette Valley) and 3 nitrogen fertilizer rates. Oregon is a world leader in craft brewing and distilling and also has the potential to develop strong commercial and craft malting industries – and to create a true “all-Oregon beer”. In addition to a strategically located commercial malting facility (Great Western Malting), Oregon has a developing craft malting industry with two malt houses scheduled to start production in 2015. Oregon growers are ideally positioned to provide these industries with barley, but additional variety and management information is needed to ensure the integrity and advantages of the Oregon “brand”. The craft malting industry has lower specifications for grain protein (8 – 12%) and protein-related malting quality traits than the commercial industry: therefore proper management of nitrogen fertilizer is essential. The data we generate will allow stakeholders to make agronomic, malting, and brewing decisions based on variety and nitrogen management. In order to generate sufficient grain for malting and brewing we will produce 200 or more pounds of grain per variety/nitrogen combination at each location. Therefore, this is a larger-than-average trial.

Fall-planted dryland trials - Morrow County

Our goal with these trials was to provide growers interested in fall-planted barley in one of Oregon's premium dryland production areas with agronomic data on current commercial, or pre-commercial barley varieties suitable for fall-sowing. The trial included representatives of all types of barley: 2-row/6-row; covered/naked; facultative/winter; awned/hooded.